Thursday 28 April 2022

A MAJOR community celebration is being planned for Beverley Leisure Centre on Sunday June 26 as a tribute to the memory of well-known local teacher and sportsman Ivan Usher. It’s a joint initiative between East Riding Council and the Usher family, with local rugby and football clubs taking part in a range of junior tournaments, competing for the Ivan Usher Cup. 

Ivan Usher

There will also be opportunities for the public to take part in a wide range of sports and activities and a chance for local voluntary community groups to take an information stall free of charge. Mr Usher taught PE at Longcroft School for around 30 years before his family set up and ran a fitness centre in the town. Following his death a fund was launched which led to a grandstand being built in his name at Beverley Town Football Club.

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NETWORK RAIL is being asked to rethink their plans to upgrade the Grade II-listed footbridge at the town’s railway station, which would include the removal of the unique Victorian timber canopy.

Members of Beverley Town Council’s planning committee voted unanimously this week to ask Network Rail to come back with new proposals; saying the case made for the destruction of what they described as “an historic structure” was “too weak”. Cllr David Horsley, one of those objecting to the plans, said the proposals “didn’t seem to be informed by true expertise”.

BEVERLEY BUILDING SOCIETY has announced the appointment of Janet Bedford as its new chief executive, succeeding Karl Elliott, who led the society for five years. She was formerly deputy chief executive.

New Beverley Building Society CEO Janet Bedford

Society chairman Stuart Purdy said: “The Board is delighted to have selected Janet to lead us forward in our ambitious plans. These include further strengthening our position as lender of choice for our local members in Beverley, Hull and surrounding area, and across the country, who are attracted to the Beverley’s outstanding service and mortgage underwriting capability.”

He continued: “Janet, a qualified Chartered Accountant, is looking forward to building on these firm foundations, by focusing on significantly expanding the Beverley’s mortgage lending, in line with our founding purpose of ‘Building Better Futures’ – recognised this year when we were awarded the prestigious title of ‘Mortgage Provider of the Year’ in the Yorkshire Financial Awards.”

Janet commented: “We’ve come through the challenges of the pandemic with new learnings and confidence in our adaptability and resilience, thanks to our outstanding team. We know that current and future members need our help more than ever when it comes to getting a mortgage, particularly the increasing number of people whose circumstances are just that little bit more complex.

“The society’s strong capital position and investment in new capability throughout the business means we are well placed to continue to deliver great customer service, support our savings members and help mortgage customers with innovative and competitive mortgages. Our team of experienced mortgage advisors take the time to listen and understand each individual case, doing their best to help wherever possible.”

Outgoing CEO Karl said: “I am very proud of all we have achieved in the past five years and the solid foundations we have built to enable the society to thrive in the future. Regretfully, I have decided that after 18 months of personal challenges, I must prioritise my family over my work for now and so I am stepping aside.”